A $2-million donation from Eric and Wendy Schmidt will support the launch of the Program in Theoretical Machine Learning in the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Mathematics. Eric Schmidt is the executive chairman of Google; Wendy Schmidt is president of The Schmidt Family Foundation and cofounder of the Schmidt Ocean Institute. The Schmidts have a history of supporting innovation. In 2009, they established the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund at neighboring Princeton University.
This gift will launch a three-year program beginning in the Fall of 2017 and will focus on developing the mathematical underpinnings of machine learning, including unsupervised learning, deep learning, optimization, and statistics. The program will also explore connections to neighboring fields, including biology, computer vision, natural language processing, neuroscience, and social science.
Sanjeev Arora of Princeton University, who will be Visiting Professor in the Institute's School of Mathematics, will lead the Program in Theoretical Machine Learning. The program will include postdocs and visitors in the School of Mathematics, and culminate in 2019–20 with a special year focused on theoretical machine learning.
From Institute for Advanced Study
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